Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thanksgiving, in Colorado!

post #364
        Last week's post was about alone time photos, from the last few months. This week it's Thanksgiving in Colorado with my son and family. Next week -- alone time photos, from this summer, just in time for Christmas.... 
          I want to note, however, that I am writing this from Morehead. The roads were too terrible last night for me to make it all the way home from a day in Lexington. Thank you, Tom and Molly!!!! 
          Now on to Denver and family and Thanksgiving:
welcoming lights the Monday night of my arrival


Denver's light rail system took the two kids and me downtown to meet up with Eric for lunch.
       



from the balcony, this is the view of "getting lunch" at the new Whole Foods near Eric's new office location
      Two views from their office, all on the 12th floor of the new office/hotel building -- see the stadium!

floor to ceiling windows!!

Then Thanksgiving, in the mountains near Denver:



Special treat - fresh apple cider (despite what it looks like!!)
LOTS OF CARD PLAYING!





LOTS OF DOG LOVING! 


LOTS OF LOVING!


              NOT lots of snow, but all of us did get out for a walk and a session of "skipping  snowballs over ice:"






         There are a few photos still on my camera, which is at home, so I will add them later today but post this much now -- since my laptop is down to only 12% and falling. 

         I'm very thankful, as always, for my family and having time together. This perhaps sounds trite, but it is true.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

most any kind of artist needs alone time

post #363
          I realized this morning that this would be the first day in two weeks when I am entirely alone! For the "happy hermit" I often am, that's a big deal. In any case, I thought I would honor the thought and the reality by gathering up some photos I have taken BECAUSE I was alone. Today I found 10 from just the last 3 months. Since I never want to take all my readers' time, this for me is enough photos for one post. I've now decided to do the other 2017 months two by two, every two weeks, with my Thanksgiving trip and other such fun "out in the world" experiences in between. 
         That's the reality of my life, actually. I'm a very fortunate person to still be doing my photography, to be learning from it all the time, and to be grateful that I enjoy my own company, especially when I am working with my camera. As is often said, a certain amount of time alone is essential for most kinds of creative work.
        I can tell when I'm "in the zone." That's where I call it, anyway. It's esssential. It's not called loneliness; instead it's called working or creativity or pure dumb luck.

Most artists and writers prefer to work alone so they can draw, paint, sculpt, or write from their heart, that place of flow where the unconscious plays freely.  (common statement)

on Martha's Vineyard's Lucy Vinson Beach, alone with the footprints of others and my friend Patty who knows how to leave me alone for a bit in such a place

my mailbox, looking north
 
a later fall day, getting the mail with my iPhone, facing south on Sideway Road



in the woods nearby

framing the fall while stopped on the driveway where I used to live

making art almost by accident with my 50mm lens and some Red Maple leaves

a lone duck on the homestead pond

obvious lone duck approaching the lone oblivious photographer who doesn't then need to risk slipping into the pond with her camera....


up close and personal, my following the foal as he grows and before he is taken as payment for his white mama


Such splendor zones me out even with a few other people around. I want to SEE it with my own eyes and heart, but I also want to share it with others. Therefore I concentrate on doing both experiences. I call this a kind of street photography, trying to capture the unexpected with honesty. I'll post more photos from Colorado next week.
     I even zone out when I do these posts on this blog. Sometimes I think I enjoy making my posts just because it invariably provides zone out time. Well, I also do enjoy just sharing my photos. All the same time, I'm appalled that the EPA and its minions can think we need less access to nature, and that they have no concern for preserving clear water, etc.  Even though I am an artist, I don't want to zone out so much that I forget my outrage and disappointment at the scams currently being hoisted on our nation by short-sighted greed  -- edging out goodness and common sense for the time being, like a stinky fog over the land.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

sharing my camera and its new lens with a photographer friend

post #362
      I am away from home for Thanksgiving, in Denver, where some of my family live. They absolutely love it here. Also a friend, Chris Garris, from near where I live on Mauk Ridge, teaches here at Metropolitan State University of Denver, otherwise known as Metro or MSU Denver.  
       I consider Chris to be a particularly fine photographer, and I was glad we could meet for coffee a few days ago. I brought my new lens with me to ask him about, since I know it's one he uses most often. We had to use the sidewalk "patio" for our visit because he had brought his dog, Cole slaw.  When I went inside to order a hot chocolate (with lots of whipped cream), I asked him to please use my camera if he wanted to. He did! 
      Seeing what someone else saw while looking through the same photo equipment I use was unexpectedly a hoot, mainly because he was seeing in his own way. And that's really what good photography is all about.
       I asked his permission to use several of those photos on my post today. I haven't done any of the editing work he might or might not do, so these are "raw," the real thing. They show the eye of a photographer focusing on the eye of his subject in, at most, 10 minutes. 
















         
          The lens is the first non-zoom one I have used, since I started in photography only 20 years ago after zoom lenses had begun to be more reliable and versatile. It's probably only fair to share a few of the photos I have made this trip when I had occasion to "play" with this new part of my repetoire. I think I will be using this small, light 50mm lens quite a bit from now on!







       The link to more of Chris's photos is here. He likes to travel....just saying.  Chris, thanks so much for being willing to share your eye and your photo skills!
        And here's a reminder about next Saturday's HOLIDAY ARTS MARKET at Morehead State University's Laughlin Hall, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  If you mention to me something you liked or didn't like on one of the posts on my blog, I'll be so happy that I'll give a 10% discount on anything you buy from me. I will be located near the main entrance of the gym.
        
        

Sunday, November 19, 2017

beautiful moments by chance

post #361
        I have been busy this week reviewing all the photo notecards I make as I prepare for the Arts and Crafts Holiday Market coming up December 2. This process includes looking through my images so far in 2017. What did I find but some photos made in a favorite place off of Mauk Ridge where I sometimes go to make quick check to see if anything's going on. That's where this summer I found the unexpected discovery of this year's best milkweed plants. 
        At the moment my best way to share that place during another check is on this blog, so today I'm sharing from there today. Reviewing one's work can have its own reward.

the drive in



five photos, showing from left to right, sharing the misty cover







        This "stop by" took only 15 minutes, around 7 p.m., in mid May. There I was, with the quiet, the peace, and the beauty of the evening mist. I must not have had time to stay longer; indeed it was the last week of my photo class. I don't take for granted that I will discover hidden beauty, but I do try to stay open to being available for possibility. These images of mine show as much about Appalachia as those other photos that claim to define this place. 

        For the Americans who read this post, have a safe and loving Thanksgiving. For those who read this in other countries, please know that many, many, many of us here are trying to steady the current turmoil our government is fostering. We are doing this by speaking out, by voting, by persisting, and by renewing our commitments to a caring community that turns away from all the lies and greed driven nastiness. Please hold us in your hearts.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

leaves and seeds I've seen

post #360
       FIRST, information about the upcoming annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, at Morehead State University, on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 9 a.m until 4 p.m.! It's sponsored by the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead but located in the Laughlin Health Building at the east end of the MSU campus. I wasn't able to take part the last two years, but now I'm up and running again, so I hope the weather is good and a lot of people can turn out.  Later that day the annual Hometown Holiday takes place along Morehead's Main Street, starting at 5 pm. I heard that the Barbershop singing group is pulling together for a return to the Barbershop that evening! It may be more than a quartet, i.e. featuring four or more happy-to-be-singing-again guys.

        AND NOW, today's weekly post, this time using many of the photos I seem to be making lately of leaves and seeds -- pretty basic stuff. However, even I don't recognize as many leaves as I'd like to. Consider these photos a celebration, a reminder about how life renews itself despite human efforts sometimes to pretend that's not what's needed to keep our one world functioning, healthy and spinning.

APPLES IN MY MOTHER'S CEMETERY, IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, MID OCTOBER

WINESAP APPLES, NEAR MY HOME,  LATE SEPTEMBER

HERITAGE APPLES, IN A MASSACHUSETTS FOOD COOP, MID OCTOBER
 As we all probably know, apple seeds are inside all these picked fruit! However, not all "seed pods" are as delicious as single juicy apple....


AND CERTAINLY NOT THESE BEAN PODS

THESE HEIRLOOM TOMATOES HAVE DELICIOUS SEEDS.


 I took both these milkweed seed photos in New England -- but they do the same thing down here in eastern Kentucky.  To catch the seeds with their spectacular "wings", the trick is to find them between "ready to fly off" and "dry weather that is not yet too windy".
MILKWEED

Now some leaves, starting with these two photos of YELLOW-POPLAR leaves:

IN THE POND


IN GEORGE ELLA AND STEVE'S YARD

 
MY DRIVEWAY WONDER


DOGWOOD

ON NEWLY PAVED "SIDEWAY ROAD"

TRYING OUT MY NEW 50mm LENS!
FOR THE RECORD - IS THIS AN INVASIVE TREE OF HEAVEN? IF NOT, WHAT IS IT?

FUTURE SOIL, A FEW YEARS FROM NOW
 
SOME CAME FROM THESE EMPTY LIMBS.

OTHER LEAVES END UP ON THE POND.
MOSTLY BEECH

This is enough for today.  I now "leaves" you until next week.

P.S. A repeat. This is what the web says about the FAIR:
KFAC’s annual Appalachian Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair will be held at the Laughlin Health Building on December 2, 2016, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair offers visitors a wide and varied selection of regional arts and crafts, ranging from the traditional to the cutting edge, and it includes holiday decorations. More than 100 vendors participate.